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10. March 2015

The six cities forming the European Biking Cities project met in Brighton & Hove for an intense working meeting on March 5 and 6. The group discussed the potential of cargo bikes in urban fright transport and met with the local delivery company Re-Charge Cargo, a sub-contractor for DHL using e-cargo bikes. On a bike ride the city's cycling infrastructure was tested and plans for further improvements were discussed with lead councillor for transport, Ian Davey. At an evening reception with local cycling activists and experts the European Biking Cities partners were welcomed by Major Brian Fitch and his wife. At a concluding working session the group prepared a brochure on good practice examples from the six cities that will be presented at the Velo-city conference in Nantes in June.

On the way to Brighton & Hove part of the group already met in Brussels on March 4. In conversations with the chair of the European Parliament's transport committee, Michael Cramer and with the secretary general of the European Cyclists' Federation, Bernhard Ensink the group discussed lessons learned from the European Biking Cities projects and how cycling policy in cities can benefit from active involvement and exchange at the European level.

After the meeting in Brighton & Hove another part of the group in London had a bike tour with Brian Deegan from Transport for London and learned about recent measures and current plans to improve London's cycling infrastructure. This was further discussed in a meeting with Philip Loy of the London Cycling Campaign.

Arne Behrensen / VCD

20. January 2015

The EU Commission published its Air Quality Package in December 2013. The package consists of adaptions of the NEC Directive (National Emission Ceilings) and measures directing sources like construction machines and ships. Air pollution remains a major... »More

19. January 2015

On January 1st 2015, stricter sulphur limit values have come into force for marine fuels on the Baltic and North Seas. In future, the sulphur content of the fuels may not exceed 0.1 % within the Sulphur Emission Control Areas (SECA) – until then ten times... »More

19. January 2015

After five workshops in the European port cities Hamburg, Antwerp, London, Copenhagen and Barcelona, the last workshop of the project will take place in Gdansk (Poland) on March 19th. Within the three day conference „Transport Week“ NABU invited five... »More

08. January 2015

Doctors have long been warning about the health damages caused by ultra fine particles. Although the damages are the bigger the smaller the particles, there are neither limit values nor measure stations for the ultra fine particles in Austria. Therefore,... »More

10. December 2014

On the 10th of December 2014 NABU and the Logistik-Initiative Hamburg launched the kick off event for "Maritime Exhaust Gas Talks" to initiate a new periodic stakeholder dialogue format. The aim of the dialogue series is to discuss and promote measures... »More

27. November 2014

The limit value for NO2 which is valid since 2010 is being exceeded by various German cities for years. Therefore, on 22th of September 2014, the European Commission requested a statement of the German Government. Likewise, the associations BUND, DUH,... »More

20. November 2014

On 19 November 2014 the European Court of Justice (ECJ) decided in the ClientEarth case. This had been referred to it by the UK Supreme Court in July 2013 under the ‘preliminary reference’ procedure. This allows national courts to refer cases to the ECJ... »More

19. November 2014

Berlin, November 19, 2014. Today the European Court of Justice has delivered its judgment in the case ClientEarth versus the United Kingdom. According to this judgment national courts can order governments to take concrete action to keep the air clean in... »More

29. October 2014

The new white paper of the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) concerning the real emission values of new vehicles type-approved to the Euro 6 emission standard has upset the experts. A key finding of the study says: “The average, on-road... »More